Latest Abortion News

Federal judge hears challenge to Arkansas abortion laws

Jul. 22, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An official with Arkansas' only surgical abortion clinic said Monday that the facility could close within a month if a federal judge doesn't block a new law restricting who can perform abortions in the state. The clinic director of Little Rock Family Planning Services said during a...

Administration pauses enforcement of abortion restriction

Jul. 21, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is giving taxpayer-funded family planning clinics more time to comply with its new rule that says they no longer can refer women for abortions. But the clinics reacted warily to the administration's enforcement pause, and the widening rift could eventually affect...

AP sources: Trump officials weigh delay of abortion curbs

Jul. 19, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has told federally funded family planning clinics it is considering a delay in enforcing a controversial rule that bars them from referring women for abortions. That comes after clinics had vowed defiance. Two people attending meetings this week between the...

Planned Parenthood to defy Trump abortion referral rule

Jul. 16, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federally funded family planning clinics, including Planned Parenthood, are defying the Trump administration's ban on referring women for abortions, drawing a line against what they say amounts to keeping patients in the dark about legitimate health care options. "We are not going to...

Maine gov: Trump abortion order is bad for state's health

Jul. 16, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's Democratic governor says the Trump administration ban on taxpayer-funded abortion referrals will deny health care services to women now that a major abortion provider is dropping out of a federal family planning program. Augusta-based Maine Family Planning said Tuesday it will...

Planned Parenthood moving to new facility in Little Rock

Jul. 16, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it's opening a new health center in Little Rock next month to meet growing patient demand. The announced move comes as Planned Parenthood continues to look for a new facility to serve northwest Arkansas, where it has temporarily stopped providing...

Trump abortion restrictions effective immediately

Jul. 15, 2019 9:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayer-funded family planning clinics must stop referring women for abortions immediately, the Trump administration said Monday, declaring it will begin enforcing a new regulation hailed by religious conservatives and denounced by medical organizations and women's rights groups. The...

Lawmaker operating anti-abortion center steps back from bill

Jul. 15, 2019 5:19 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A state lawmaker who operates an anti-abortion pregnancy resource center says she's stepping back from legislation proposing a tax benefit for donors to centers like hers. Rep. Candice Keller, a Middletown Republican, said she'd no longer co-sponsor the bill or vote on it. The measure...

Abortions halted at Arkansas clinic while new site sought

Jul. 9, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Planned Parenthood says it's stopped providing medication-induced abortions at its facility in northwest Arkansas while it seeks a new location, leaving the state for now with two abortion providers. Planned Parenthood Great Plains Chief Executive Officer Brandon Hill said in a...

Kansas judge won't give go-ahead for telemedicine abortions

Jul. 8, 2019 7:49 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A state-court judge declined Monday to give a Kansas clinic permission to provide telemedicine abortions. Shawnee County District Judge Teresa Watson rejected a request from the Trust Women Foundation for an injunction to block the state from subjecting the clinic and its doctors to...